Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Alexander Rodnyansky, Geyer Kosinski
Kate Maberly, Charles Carroll, Radha Mitchell and Val Kilmer
What are two kids to do at a summer camp where they just donít fit in? Howie and Grace had never met before, but when bullies at Camp Tall Pine pull a prank on them, they befriend each other and decide to run away. The misfit pre-teens pair up and head for adventure in the woods of a small island. Their trip isnít easy, but they vow to never give up when theyíre challenged by continuing adversity. As their bond grows stronger, they realize that the world isnít so bad, when it can be faced with a friend.
This is a heartwarming story about two kids, eleven-year old Grace and a boy she meets, Howie, at camp. Both kids are considered "goats" by some of the popular campers and they are humiliated by being stripped of their clothes and left on a remote island. They comfort each other and are soon on the run together, with Grace calling her mother to come and get her.
They form a bond and rely on each other. They do steal some clothes and even stay at a motel by using deceit but they keep track of their debts too and are desperate. The performances by Annalise Basso as Grace and Chandler Canterbury as Howie are wonderful and their devotion to each other warms the heart. One of the nice lines of dialog in the film is this: "God has a way of giving you what you need during the tough times." The two are a lot more powerful as a duo than they are alone. We are pleased to award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for ages twelve plus to this inspiring story of survival and friendship. If you are not a kid, this one will bring back the days you were.
Content Description: Sex: A teen couple is seen kissing; a boy dances with a girl, puts his hands on her thighs and also forces a kiss on her but she and another boy stop him; a "bedroom eyes" comment. Language: G/OMG-2; H-2; Sucks-1; Sucker-2; Shut up-1 Violence: Two kids take off in a man's truck and run over his foot; kids pick on a boy and strip him of his clothes; a boy kicks a boy who was forcing himself on a girl; a boy says his dad used to drink and burn him with cigarettes and we see the scars. Drugs: Teens are drinking a beverage on the beach but it is not clear what; smoking a cigarette and the man smoking offers kids a cigarette but they do not accept it; a girl has cigarettes which are seen in her bathing suit. Nudity: Teens in swim wear; shirtless guys; cleavage. Other: Kids are mistreated by other kids; kids steal various things to survive including clothes and break into a cabin but they keep a list of what they take; a girl refers to herself as "socially retarded".